Seawolves Advance to America East Baseball Championship
May 28, 2004
Orono, Maine - Jon Lewis threw his sixth straight complete game to vault the Stony Brook baseball team to a 6-3 victory over Maine and a spot in the America East championship game tomorrow afternoon. The Seawolves improved to 28-25 this season and will face the winner of tonight's game between Maine and Albany with the America East Championship and a spot in the NCAA tournament on the line. The Seawolves need to win one game to clinch the title, where their opponent will have to beat Stony Brook twice to earn the conference crown.
Stony Brook got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the opening inning as Isidro Fortuna blistered a double over Maine centerfielder Simon Williams' head to plate Matt Devins, who was hit by a pitch, with the first run of the game.
Maine answered in the top of the third as Pete Saunders drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a single by Mike Ferrigi. Jason Harvey did his job to score Saunders, grounding out to second base to tie the game at one apiece and first team all-conference selection Aaron Izaryk gave Maine the lead, 2-1, with a two-out bloop single to center that scored Ferrigi.
The Seawolves weren't fazed by their first deficit of the championship, jumping on Maine starter Troy Martin for four runs in the bottom of the inning. Nick Theoharis tied the game at two with an RBI single to score Devins before Dave Mischo smoked a three-run homer to right, his second roundtripper in two days, to put the Brook on top 5-2 after three innings of play.
Jon Lewis struck out Joel Barrett looking with the bases loaded to end a Maine threat in the top of the fifth, and Mischo struck again in the bottom of the inning, plating Kevin Solano, who reached on a two-base throwing error by Martin, with a single up the middle to up the Seawolves lead to 6-2.
UMaine made some noise in the seventh as Ferrigi singled and advanced to third on a single by Jason Harvey before scoring on a Lewis wild pitch to make the score 6-3. Harvey advanced to third on a groundout and it looked like Maine would plate another run, but Theoharis made a tremendous diving stop in the third base hole and bounced up to throw out Izaryk at first to end the inning. Lewis handled the Black Bears from that point on, retiring the side in order in the ninth to record his sixth consecutive complete game.
"We're having great at bats and we're playing great defensively," said assistant coach Gerry Sputo. "Our starting pitching has been outstanding and we'll need to continue to play the same way to beat Maine or Albany tomorrow."
Lewis improved to 7-6 this season with the win, striking out eight batters while walking just two. Mischo led the offensive attack, going 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored while Fortuna went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run.
Ferrigi and Harvey paced the Maine offense with two hits apiece. Martin threw a complete game of his own but fell to 5-2 with the loss.
The Seawolves will be back in action tomorrow at noon versus the winner of the Maine/Albany matchup later tonight. Stony Brook must win one of two possible games tomorrow to advance to the NCAA Regional Tournament next week.